Attention Transition Coordinators and Transition Points of Contact

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in partnership with the RESC Alliance, is conducting an outreach to middle and high school students. We want to hear the voices of these students to hear, first hand, how they are learning through the pandemic, and what Connecticut Schools can do to make them feel even more connected, energized, and enthusiastic about learning this year. To gather this information, the CSDE and the RESC Alliance will be using the ThoughtExchange platform.

We need your assistance for gathering this important information. We ask that you review the memorandum from Deputy Commissioner Desi Nesmith at ThoughtExchangeMemoDec2020 and distribute the information as requested. A sample email to students along with a link to the ThoughtExchange platform for students is on the second page of that memorandum. Please encourage the students themselves, rather than parents whenever possible, to participate.

Please help the CSDE spread the word and ensure that student voice is heard during this pandemic. We have 1300 responses thus far!!

Thank you!

UConn Neag PK3 Leadership Program

UConn welcomes the 6th cohort to the UConn Neag PK3 Leadership Program on July 12, 2021. This is a 10-month executive style leadership program that meets at ACES in Hamden and consists of three 30-hour modules.

The program is open to:
• Elementary and PreK school principals and assistant principals and teacher leaders
• Early learning directors and program managers, including child care center directors
• School superintendents, assistant superintendents, and central office directors

Registration is open and enrollment is limited.

Thanks to the CT Office of Early Childhood there is a $2500 financial incentive for accepted participants.

CSDE/RESC Alliance Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills – VIRTUAL Workshop

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is sponsoring three cohorts of a Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills. Please see the flyer for additional information related to the training.

Join us for this FREE, virtual workshop and learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities.

Participants will:
• Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities
• Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling
• Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency

Please visit the CREC Events page at to register for one of the cohorts. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Lisa Fiano by e-mail at or by phone at 860-524-4040.

Remote Learning Guidance for Preschool

Guidance regarding remote learning experiences and preschool children has been issued by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Please distribute/review this guidance with your preschool staff as it contains information and links to resources that will support remote learning experiences with your youngest learners.

Remote Learning Guidance for Preschool 11-23-2020

Structured Literacy Program Training Series Professional Learning Opportunity – Orton-Gillingham Introductory Training

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring a training series featuring structured literacy approaches. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges. The first professional learning opportunity offered VIRTUALLY in this series is the Orton-Gillingham Introductory Training*.

*This 30-hour virtual training will be held on 10 separate days, in three-hour sessions, on each of the following days: Tuesday, November 10, Thursday, November 12, Friday, November 13, Wednesday, November 18, Thursday, November 19, Friday, November 20, Wednesday, December 2, Thursday, December 3, Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10, 2020.

For additional information related to the training, registration, and required materials participants will need for the training, please visit the following link: .

Performance Matters 2020 Webinar Series – First Webinar October 22nd!

In lieu of the one-day Performance Matters Forum that is typically offered at this time each year, the CSDE Performance Office is collaborating with CSDE colleagues, other state agencies, and school districts to present a series of webinars on performance-related topics.  Session descriptions and registration links are contained in the 2020 Performance Matters flier.

Note that the first webinar on Assessment and Accountability in 2020-21 is scheduled for this Thursday, October 22 at 10 am.  

Another special session in the series is titled “Supporting Student Attendance and Engagement during Hybrid or Remote Learning” and is being offered on October 29 in partnership with DCF and Attendance Works.

We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Webinar: Early Childhood Environments During the COVID-19 Health Emergency

This webinar discusses considerations for planning early childhood environments during the COVID-19 health emergency. With a focus on Pre-K classrooms, some of the information may also be applicable to other early childhood grades.

You may access the webinar at:

Professional Development and Family Networking Opportunities through the New England Consortium on Deafblindness

The New England Consortium on Deafblindness is offering Professional Development and Family Networking Opportunities for professionals and families of students who have an identified vision and hearing loss. You may access further information through the following links.

NEC Professional Development Opportunities

NEC Family Learning and Networking Opportunities

Related Services Communities of Practice for the 2020-2021 School Year – Update for October

Communities of Practice for School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Behavior Analysists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Teachers of the Deaf are underway. These Communities of Practice are opportunities to join colleagues to collaborate, exchange ideas, focus on evidence based practice, and build your area’s collective capacity to support students in Connecticut. You may find more information regarding communities of practice for your service area including dates and times for these virtual Zoom sessions at: Related Services Communities of Practice Flyer – October 2020.